Integrity of Science

Ian Hart

It’s been a while since we checked in with Flamy McGassy, but here’s a toon from a couple months ago. Despite the Supreme Court ruling on C02, Flamy is unabashed in this episode: “Feeling the Heat.” The takeaway message is that despite the Court’s intervention, enemies of science-based decisionmaking still lurk in the EPA. However,…

Here’s a nugget to start the week: MediaMatters, an organization that works to expose bias, discrimination, and misinformation in the news, has put together a Global Warming: Misinformation Action Center. Bookmark it!

John Marburger, director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and James Connaughton, chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality are still peddling their Feb. 7 Open Letter on the President’s Position on Climate Change, a letter that plays fast-and-loose with the historical record. Despite having portions debunked cherry-picking data and misquoting President Bush,…

… or Convenient Fiction? News at 11

For those of you in the Bay Area, look for me on TV tonight. I just taped an interview serving as a counterpoint to the AEI and Pacific Research Institute-backed documentary “An Inconvenient Truth … or Convenient Fiction?” Tonight is its World Premeire in San Francisco. Click here for the official line on the documentary.…

The Seattle Post Intelligencer editorial page didn’t hold back in opining on Monday’s federal appeals court rejection of a Bush Administration salmon restoration plan. In strong and appropriate terms, a federal court has rejected the false ways the administration tried to revise science and the law to ignore the role of four lower Snake River…

With a calculator in one hand and a red pen in the other, the White House Office of Management and Budget is in an ugly light when it comes to scientific integrity and policymaking. The calculator hit yesterday with a recess appointment that is directly related to January’s OMB rule change (see “New Oversight Policy…

In attempts to find climate changing culprits aside from greenhouse gases, numerous suggestions have been made. Some have been plausible but didn’t match the data. Others were dubious. One, however, is downright devious. We’re talking, of course, about Lex Luthor. The plays on “Inconvenient Truth” keep coming. In the tradition of “Brokeback to the Future”…

Last week, Tom the Dancing Bug introduced us to a parallell universe, where Al Gore never won the Best Documentary Oscar. Click below for the full cartoon.

A Week of Testimonies

It’s taking all weekend to sort through everything that happened last week, a banner one if you’re concerned about scientific integrity. Thankfully, we can stream the past. The biggest science integrity news of the week had to be the House Committee on Government and Reform’s continued investigation on political interference with climate science. From Chairman…

House Passes Protections for Scientist

From Union of Concerned Scientists: WASHINGTON (March 14, 2007) – The House of Representatives today overwhelmingly passed the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, which would, for the first time, grant federal scientists and contractors the right to expose political interference in their research without fear of retribution. The bill passed by a 331 to 94 vote,…